Step 2: Make a Kit

Step 2 involves making a kit geared towards the hazards that you and your family may face. The websites below describe many ways for you to personalize your emergency kit and give examples of special considerations based on specific types of emergencies. Each site contains a slightly different kit, so we encourage you to look around and find ones that fit your personal household setting the best. You may think that a basic kit is too expensive or too large to create yourself, but remember, you probably have many of these things in your house already, just not all in an easy to reach place. You don't have to make these kits from scratch or all at once. You can easily pick up stuff for your kit over time, spreading out the cost over a long period. In the event of an emergency you will be glad you took the time to create a good kit, it will help keep your family safe.

Preparedness Kit

Kit examples you can take with you:
  • CDC Kit Recommendations – A printable two-page guide to help you prepare for a widespread disease like pandemic flu. This is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Kit Making Guide – A guide to help you make an emergency kit for a variety of situations, it also includes a two-page printable section.
  • Family Disaster Calendar – This 24 week schedule will give you a good idea of what you need to gather for your family and how best spread out the cost of such a kit over time.

Kit Resources

More kit-making resources:
  • MEMA Build a Home Disaster Kit Guide – A simple guide to help you create a home preparedness kit. This guide is organized by season and hazard. Kit created by the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
  • Red Cross Preparedness Guide for The Home – This is a comprehensive guide to help you build a kit for the home, with suggestions on what to have ready for those in your household who may require special needs, as well as a section devoted to preparing food and water in an emergency situation. This site is maintained by the American Red Cross.
  • CDC Kit Building Guide – This website contains another comprehensive guide for creating a home kit, with sections for children, pets, and alternatives for food and water in emergency situations. This site gives explanations behind the suggestions as well. This site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Build a Custom Emergency Kit, From Minnesota Public Health – This website helps you create a personalized kit for the number of members in your household; it also helps to personalize your family emergency contact information and overall emergency plan. This site is aimed towards residents of Minnesota, but can be easily used as a good basis for your own kit here in Southern Maine.